At this week’s debate of Democratic candidates for the 2004 presidential primary, all but one agreed on a common target: former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean. But the volley of BB-strength potshots did little to change the perception that Dean is pulling away from his opponents. For the challengers, some signs your campaign against Dean isn’t working:
♦ Saturday Night Live didn’t return your calls about appearing.
♦ Neither did Teddy Bart.
♦ Local dignitaries insist on introducing you as “the late.”
♦ You didn’t get the expected bump from the hotly contested Lincoln Davis endorsement.
♦ John Jay Hooker is advising you about how to win Tennessee.
♦ Your “Me Too, Only More” platform has yet to generate much excitement.
♦ You want to dangle Howard Dean in front of a crocodile.
♦ Every barbershop in Iowa knows you as “that guy Dean’s running against.”
♦ Jonathan Alter thinks you have a chance.
♦ UHF stations demand payment for TV ads up front in cash.
♦ Your former running mate forgot to call.
♦ The latest poll has you trailing a close second to the close second.
♦ You were in charge of the BCS.
♦ You refer to yourself not only in the third person but also in the conditional tense.
♦ You’re still waiting to hear back about that exclusive interview with Nashville Parent.
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